Tuesday, August 30, 2005

First Day Back

So everyone grumbles about going back to work. It seems to be expected of teachers almost. You get these 2 wonderful months of summer off to frolic in all your free time and then are abruptly throw back into work. I admit it - I participate in these back to work sighs. But why? Why do people look at us like we're crazy if we act like elementary school children and admit we're looking forward to going back to school? The thing is, I like my job. I even love my job. Sure I also love my holidays, don't get my wrong. But no more complaining. As of today everyone can look at me like I'm crazy, but I'm going to choose to be positive about work.

The first day back is pretty administrative. Staff mass followed by a tasty breakfast - made tastier by it's unexpected appearance in my day. Then off to staff meetings, lunch, deptartment meetings, and of course all the walking around visiting and getting things in order. As much as everyone says they don't want to be back at work, and some may not, it was an inspirational kind of day. Everywhere I went in the school people were smiling, catching up with collegues and getting back into the groove of the school year. Everytime I turned around I ran into teachers helping other teachers get ready for the year. Offering materials, guidance, support. One of our new administrators carried a box of books to my classroom for me. This should probably embarass me, but wow, an administrator that has time for something silly like that? I love my school. Ever since I've been in University I've heard horror stories of teachers stranded without support, as lost as the thousand students their schools try and keep track of. I'm so grateful for all the help I've received and will continue to receive. It's incredibly motivating to work among people, who for all they may grumble, honestly want to educate and see young people succeed. Who create fantastic tools and then share them with anyone who is interested. When I grow up I hope to be just like them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see you've joined the group of people who don't have to talk because we read each other's blogs. I wonder what this is doing to society's social fabric? Maybe I should start a blog that contemplates such a question...

Cambodia Chris